Richard F. Wilson served as the President of Illinois Wesleyan University from 2004-2015. Dr. Wilson gave special attention to developing a strategic plan for Illinois Wesleyan, strengthening the University’s financial position, and conducting the largest fund-raising campaign in the school’s history. This collection holds text and audiovisual records of his inauguration, public remarks and messages to the IWU community. Recordings of ceremonies he presided over are available through this repository's Events series. Additional records of Wilson's presidency are available in Record Group 2-13 of the University Archives in Tate Archives and Special Collections.

President Wilson earned master’s and doctoral degrees in higher education from the University of Michigan. He holds a bachelor's degree in education from Alderson-Broaddus College, where he began his career in higher education as Director of Admissions. He is a member of both Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi national honor societies.


Browse the Richard F. Wilson Collections:

Commemoration of Richard F. Wilson

Remarks and Messages

From the President's Desk, Richard F. Wilson

Inauguration of Richard F. Wilson